US gov’t growing a record 2-ton cannabis crop—but still won’t let others grow

With the recent explosion of cannabis access and CBD products, federally funded scientists are craving more research on the potential risks and benefits. But if any researchers were hoping for more varied sources of cannabis—sources that could better reflect what patients have access to, for instance—they may be left holding their breath.

Three years after saying it wanted more suppliers of cannabis for research, the US government continues to hold a monopoly on growing the crop. While more than two dozen entities have submitted applications to the Drug Enforcement Administration to become growers, the government has dragged its feet in processing the paperwork and is instead stepping up

... read more at: https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/feds-keep-weed-monopoly-grow-record-2-ton-cannabis-crop-for-research/

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